Ireland’s Sarah McAuley:  part of the squad for next month’s Junior World Cup in South Africa. Photograph: Giuseppe Fama/Inpho

They might have had mixed seasons on the EY Hockey League front so far, but the depth of young talent coming through at UCD and Loreto was in evidence(...)

The Irish Rugby 7’s squad. Back row, from left: Gavin Mullin, Adam Leavy, Jack Kelly, Harry McNulty, Terry Kennedy, Jordan Conroy, Bryan Mollen. Front row, from left, Hugo Lennox, Foster Horan, Billy Dardis, Mark Roche, Greg O’Shea and Ian Fitzpatrick. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Jordan Conroy Jordan Conroy. Photograph: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile Age: 27 Position: Winger Club: Buccaneers The flying winger d(...)

Beibhinn Parsons carries during Ireland’s Six Nations tie against Italy in Donnybrook on October 24th, 2020. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/INPHO

In December 2020, almost 100 teenagers turned up at the Rugby Academy Ireland based in Co Kildare for the country’s first ever trials for women U20 pl(...)

Dr Barry O’Driscoll   believes the present concussion protocols in rugby union are there for commercial reasons.

“It has got worse since I resigned,” says Dr Barry O’Driscoll, the former medical adviser to World Rugby who stepped down in 2012 to protest against t(...)

Tadhg Furlong in action against Scotland during the Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on February 1st. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

For players and coaches who have young families, being in lockdown has its pluses. And likewise for those from a farming background. Not a bad time at(...)

Niall Saunders: “I set my goal at being the number nine at Harlequins and that is something that I want to achieve.” Photograph:  Henry Browne/Getty Images

Niall Saunders steeled himself momentarily; then pushed open the door to the then director of rugby at Harlequins, John Kingston’s office, walked in a(...)

Jack Conan  makes a break to set up his side’s first try during the Champions Cup defeat to   Toulouse  at Stade Ernest-Wallon  in Toulouse, France. Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Training invariably provides the first indicator that a team is mentally and physically attuned in the week ahead of a match. It takes various shapes (...)

  Ireland’s players form a guard of honour for New Zealand at the end of the match. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Warning to offshore Kiwis: return home predicting a New Zealand loss at your peril. Definitely don’t do it on national television. The grief! Before(...)

 Connacht’s head coach Andy Friend: “We face a big challenge in Murrayfield.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh v Connacht Venue: Murrayfield. Kick off: 7.35pm. On TV: eirSport and Premier Sports. Paul Boyle is used to confounding convention. He shru(...)

Head coach Anthony Eddy talks to the Ireland women’s team during squad training for the  World Cup Sevens at   San Francisco GAA club. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The Ireland Men and Women Sevens teams take to the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco, home to the San Francisco Giants Baseball team, in their r(...)

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